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Alaskan Freeride APA - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 564
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 11
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
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Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-21-2012

Originally part of the Rough Draft Series
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/1/13.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is just short of an ipa. its a very very well hopped pale ale, west coast in nature, and very very good. it pours a clear light amber color with a ton of fizzy bubbles and a half inch white head that lasts awhile. the nose is fresh hops, piney and organic. they are sharp in the nose, just picked in feel to me. the flavor is equally bold on the hop front. bitter as anything, and almost overpowering. i am much more inclined to call this an ipa. the malt profile is subtle and bready. enough to make the hop flavor hold up for awhile, and to give the beer its creamier feel despite the heavy carbonation. this is a powerfully flavorful beer, with a lot going on. its very sessionable with its lower abv and its many flavor intricacies. id like to see this get bottled and make its way to denver. a really nice glass of beer all up. a worthwhile reinventing of the wheel if you will...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. More outdoorsy themed pale ale from south of, I mean north of the, oh fuck it, west of the border Yankee sentiment.

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with one chubby finger of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some scratchy snow rime lace in parts around the glass as things lazily bleed off.

It smells of a dank, somewhat musty pine tree bitterness, estery florals, grainy, crackery pale malt, muted citrus rind, and a mildly phenolic yeastiness. The taste is gritty, lightly doughy pale malt, a hint of untethered caramel sweetness, pithy orange and white grapefruit, and still heady floral, herbal, and pinecone hop bitters.

The bubbles are so-so in their capability to keep my tongue interested with their prancing frothiness, the body on the light side of middleweight, and sort of smooth, a wan clamminess (Imma lookin' at you, yeast!) sort of spoiling the party. It finishes off-dry, the limping malt still keeping a stiff upper lip, while the complex, if not particularly evolving hops continue to run amok.

Yep, I'm not quite sure which hop(s) cause that musty, dank sensation here, but without the attendant big-ass caramel malt and sassy pine and citrus apologist bitterness, things fall flat oh so quickly. I know that there's no free lunch (a fallacy, so thank you, U.S. government reps in the park adjacent to Sandpoint's City Beach), and no free ride (a further existential quandary when considering the bottle in front of me), but I'm just not digging this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright saturated orange color, sharp clarity, lots of billowing foam, sticky lace in the glass. Surface skim has staying power.

Aroma is kind of a letdown, sweet pale malt and dried orange peel. With the advertised Citra, i'd expect a little more pungent hop character and citrus.

Taste is moderately bitter, tea-like with a bare hint of citrus and grainy caramel malts.Feels a little watery and astringent, dry bitter finish. It's drinkable, but overall a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Alaskan "Freeride Pale Ale"
Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Oskar Blues Liquids and Solids. Reviewed from notes taken in summer 2012.

A: Pours a half beige somewhat thick head with some cream but of poor retention. Colour is a dull orange juice. Nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange peel citrus notes, orange juice, citrus ester hops, light clean bright malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Orange peel citrus notes, murky malts, and distinct dull orange juice. A bit sour - in a bad sense - this tastes like off orange juice. Simple. Not at all subtle. Mediocre.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Imperfect carbonation. Off thickness. Hardly tailored to the flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but strange. Very much littered with off flavours, leaving me wondering if the tap line is clean. Off orange juice is distinct, even dominant. I wouldn't get this again. A huge disappointment from Alaskan.

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Photo of mactrail
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome appearance in the tall tulip with amber color and nice cap of foam. Spritzy on the tongue but not much lacing in the glass. Pleasant flowery and piney aroma. Light body and refreshing sensation.

Modest malt with the browned biscuit taste. Plenty of hops, though the bitterness doesn't get out of hand. Tangy with a club soda flavor. Some fruity flavors from the hops. A bitterish pomegranate taste with a little mango. Quite drinkable and another good addition to the many shades of Pale Ales. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Texas Wine Cellars in Fredericksburg.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/23/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt balance; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and balanced bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. The hop flavors in the taste were not as bright as the aromas. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American pale ale. Good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 06/05/15:

Pours slightly hazed deep golden with a fluffy white, lasting head. Thin lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/citrus, and bread (with a touch of honey?)

The taste is of pine, citrus, melon. Sweet bread and caramel come through in the middle. Herbal, spicy bitterness in the dry finish.

It has a crisp, smooth, medium body.

A well-balanced, easy-drinking, refreshing APA with a very nice overall character!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Total Wine, with a best before date one month after the day which I consumed said beer. On to the beer:

A ½ inch of bubbly head rests top this light orange colored pale ale. Some suds of lace stick around as the beer's level drops. The nose has the "essence" of hops, meaning the smell is lighter on its feet while retaining the intensity of its aroma. Specific notes include orange, tangerine, grapefruit. Something about that taste grabs a hold of me. The base is a dry crackery malt, basted in fresh hop oils. The flavors of sweet orange and grapefruit are allowed to shine, and as a bonus a whisper of graham cracker adds the lightest of sweetness to the beer. It's a light bodied beer with a slightly crisp body. It's a good pale ale, one that paired with my scallops very well.

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Photo of Zorro
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly chill hazed amber colored beer with a tall white colored head. Looks like a West Coast Pale Ale.

Smells strongly of northwestern style hops. Strong citrus aroma lemon, grapefruit and orange. This smells a lot like Lagunitas Sucks. Mild toasted grain but this is really a hop forward Pale Ale.

Starts out mildly sweet with a baked biscuit malt flavor, quite mild in the mouth. A little on the sweet side the sweetness is long lasting and is an aftertaste too. Mild bitterness but this very tasty just not complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty yet mild pale ale. Suggests a stronger flavored beer. This is the sort of beer that starts a Budweiser drinker on the exploration that leads to craft beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some slight citrus note. The taste is hoppy, malty note, and some citrus. Medium body, slightly dry bitter/finish. Overall, a nice little APA.

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Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, hint of grass, slight sweet malt, yeast, hint of hops, and slight sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Also, the feel is almost watery. Tastes of grass, floral hops, yeast, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, weak body, aroma and body dominated by floral/grass notes, average feel, and decent appearance. Nothing special, about this beer, average APA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin off-white head with good retention and slight lacing. Nice aroma of citrus and slightly piney hops, light bready malt. Flavor dominqated by citrus hops, light biscuit malt, citrus rind, finishing with citrus hops. Flavor is somewhat unbalanced in the direction of citrus hops, the malt not quite up to its supporting role. Medium bodied. A pleasant, hoppy pale ale that could use a bit more balance or perhaps some of the hop brightness from the aroma.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orangish golden color with a moderate white cap, bubbles and light lacing

S: Sweet, nuff said. Perhaps with a little breadiness and citrus. Overall mute.

T: Malt forward, like I would expect from English Pale Ale. Citrus, some sweetness

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated and somewhat thick and chewy for a 5.3% ABV APA.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Actually pretty well done, perhaps a tad bit heavy handed on the malt bill

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a tall glass in the Alaskan Lounge at Sea-Tac Airport.

Appearance: rich golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. A nice lace is left on the glass as I drink ... Very attractive!

Smell: lightly caramelly malt aroma with lightly citrusy and resiny hops. Well balanced and enticing.

Taste: sweetish malt with citrusy hops, but it's not a hop bomb. The citrus stays in the aftertaste along with a moderate bitterness. I rather enjoy this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with good carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Great!

Overall: this is a highly quaffable brew. Capital!

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Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light copper color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that low retention and decent lacing.

The aroma had a nice blast of pine hops over a soft malt base. The flavor profile was very similar, basic malts and piney hops. In other words, a basic pale ale. The body was also the typical medium of the style. Drinkability was good, you would happily grab one out of the sixer after yard work, or for the game.

Overall, a pretty solid brew. Not one you're likely to get excited about, but still enjoyable. At less than $8 a sixer, it's worth grabbing one and trying it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this today at the Wonder Bar in Casper.

It poured a bright and clear gold with an inch of billowy foam that left a lot of lacing behind after every sip.

The smell is hoppy...biggest notes came from the citra hops; citrus and light hints of tropical fruit. There's some earthy malt in there as well.

The taste brought the citrus to the forefront, lemon-tropical fruit-grapefruit, followed by some earthy/grainy notes from the malt. The finish is decidedly bitter and quite dry.

Good mouthfeel overall.

It's a very nice, hop forward APA that I found very damn drinkable and refreshing. Who'd have thunk that I'd get to drink it in Casper Wyoming? Very nice indeed, Alaskan Brewing!

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Grassy hop nose with some meadow elements over light malts.
Orange amber with a slight protein haze under a 1/2" bone white lightly bubbled foam cap that produces fine lace.
Palate: Crisp and dry with a touch of tanginess with light melon, hop spice and long lingering fruit flavors.
Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.
Sessionable.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 010316
A - amber body with a frothy off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing as it dissipates
S - caramel malt, herbal hops with grapefruit and pine in the nose as well
T - zesty grapefruit and orange, pine, caramel, toasty/nutty grain, herbal hops
M - medium body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-bitter
O - decent APA. Nothing outstanding, but glad to try it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a reddish tinted amber color with a big billowy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time as big bubbles within the foam head pop, leaving a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a hoppy smell mixed with a rather strong sweet fruity nature. The hop is mainly of a grapefruit smell, but has other aromas of lemon with some floral notes there as well. The fruity flavors, like the hop, are largely citrus in nature as well with lots of tangerine and orange. Along with the citrus however, so to comes some caramel along with a little bit of a biscuit malt and roasted smell, overall producing a rather nicely balanced smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a very light level of citrus sweetness and a nice biscuit and bready flavor. Some light caramel sweetness is present upfront as well, but this flavor fades rapidly as the taste advances from the start. While the caramel fades, hop flavors of a grapefruit flavor really start to kick in. Some lemon flavors also come to the tongue as well as a bit of a roasted and grainy taste. Some herbal and flowery hop tastes then join the flavor profile at the end of the taste, and with a bit of a dwindling of the citrus sweetness, one is left with a rather moderately hopped and sweet grainy biscuit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the averages to slightly thicker side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 5.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is average. Both were quite appropriate for the style with the slightly thicker body of the brew nicely accentuating the moderately hopped flavor of the brew.

Overall – An all right APA with a decent level of hoppiness and a slightly drier and more biscuity taste.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear gold color with an ample cap of white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose is bright and citrusy. The citra hops really pop and make the beer worth smelling. The malts are light and biscuity.

Taste is milder and lighter in body than I expected. Drinks damn easy though and goes down super smooth though. The hoppy flavors are really nice...tropical and citrus fruit. There is a nice maltiness in here that is fairly consistent with many of Alaskan's lighter offerings. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but does have some slickness that is nice. This is a perfect, no-frills APA that you can buy a sixer of and throw it down in an evening. I'll probably buy this again, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with high rocky head. Lots of sticky lacing and a nice piney hoppy aroma, with a little malt in the background. Taste is full on astringent hops which lingers on the palate. Bitter but enjoyable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a finger of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
Great aroma. Bright grapefruit with a touch of pine.
The taste is wonderful. Moderate grapefruit bitterness with a bit of honey sweetness in the middle, finishes with moderate pine bitterness.
The texture is soft with just the right amount of fizz.
Superb.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Alaskan Brewing's Freeride APA yesterday for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This can caught my eye and I thought it was worth giving a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a Imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty good, the design goes well with the name and I think it's eye catching. It poured an orange amber color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with a light over one fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Pale Ale, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rind, floral, grassy and earthy hop aromas with the citrus rind sticking out the most and there's also some tropical fruit aromas showing up. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt and light caramel malt like aroma with a slight bit of doughy yeast coming through in the background. This beer has a good aroma, it's got a nicely complex hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and more balanced with a medium amount of sweetness being the first to show up and it's followed by the hops being the first to show up and they are much lighter this time with more of a citrus rind hop aspect that isn't as complex. Up next comes the malts which stick out a little more this time and it impart more of grainy and slightly bready aspect with some doughy yeast showing up in the background. On the finish there's a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a hoppy and grainy malt aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting Pale Ale, but I wish the hop profile was more like it was in the aroma.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, clean crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it had all the balance that I aspect from the style, but I found myself wishing the hop profile was fruitier and bolder like it was in the aroma. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these in a row and they aren't too filling. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma and mouthfeel, they were both good and the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is that the hop profile in the taste wasn't more like the hop profile in the aroma. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Pale Ale and I would recommend trying if your a fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer, I thought it was a tasty Pale Ale and I think with a little work it has the potential to be a very good Pale Ale. It's not my favorite beer from this brewery and I would say it's above average for the style. Nice job guys this was a nice Pale Ale, keep it up.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange/copper pour with a nice head. Smell is of floral hops. Good bitter taste with a little bit of citrus and great finish that has a slight touch of malt sweetness.

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Alaskan Freeride APA from Alaskan Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.